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NTSB seeks improvements in transportation worker safety for 2015

3:57 pm, Jan. 14

While the holidays may be over, the National Transportation Safety Board has a wish list of safety improvements it would like to see employers make in the New Year.The NTSB's Most Wanted List for 2015, released Tuesday, includes 10 safety areas that it said companies should strive to improve upon. ...MORE

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No exclusive remedy for ‘foreseeable’ injures in Oklahoma: Court

2:50 pm, Jan. 13

Less than six months after a Florida circuit court judge challenged the constitutionality of the state's exclusive remedy provision, a Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, district judge has ruled that the state's workers compensation law doesn't provide exclusive remedy for “foreseeable” ...MORE

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Armed robbery isn't 'normal working condition' for Pennsylvania liquor store manager: Court

11:23 am, Dec. 31

In accordance with the state Supreme Court's remand order, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that a former liquor store manager who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after being held at gunpoint should receive workers compensation benefits. Gregory Kochanowicz worked as ...MORE

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No comp for Kentucky worker injured while on break: Court

3:27 pm, Dec. 23

A Kentucky worker who was hit by a car while crossing the street during her break isn't entitled to workers compensation benefits, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.As an employee of U.S. Bank Home Mortgage, a division of U.S. Bancorp, in Owensboro, Kentucky, Andrea Schrecker was entitled to ...MORE

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Sovaldi maker: Drug's cost "reflects the value of the medicine"

10:17 am, Dec. 22

The maker of the drug Sovaldi says the medicine's $1,000-per-day price tag is based on Sovaldi's ability to cure hepatitis C, and that it will "forcefully defend itself" against a lawsuit accusing the company of price gouging.Foster City, California-based pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Inc. ...MORE

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States sue Colorado over legalized recreational marijuana: reports

4:45 pm, Dec. 18

While states consider the potential impacts of marijuana legalization on workers compensation claims, Nebraska and Oklahoma reportedly are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh whether Colorado's legal pot law should stand.The lawsuit, filed Thursday, claims Colorado "caused and will continue to ...MORE

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Use of opioids for acute pain 'strongly not recommended': ACOEM

3:05 pm, Dec. 18

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has updated its guidelines to show that opioids are less effective than previously believed, and not superior to other medications and treatments for pain management.The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's ...MORE

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OSHA set to roll out new injury reporting requirements in new year

4:24 pm, Dec. 11

Employers will soon need to update their protocols for reporting serious workplace injuries under new rules being implemented by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.Starting Jan. 1, all workplace accidents that result in inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, or the loss of an ...MORE

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Incarceration doesn’t bar Nebraska worker from receiving benefits: Court

5:12 pm, Dec. 10

A Nebraska worker who sustained a compensable injury proved a loss of earning capacity and, therefore, is entitled to receive temporary total disability benefits despite her incarceration, the state Supreme Court ruled on Dec. 5.The case was an unprecedented one in Nebraska, where the ...MORE

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Workplace injury rates fell in 2013: BLS

3:38 pm, Dec. 4

The number and rate of nonfatal workplace injuries declined last year, with manufacturing employers helping to drive gains in safety, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday.Public and private sector employers recorded 3.75 million nonfatal workplace injuries in 2013, down from 3.77 ...MORE

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